Wexner Medical to use Schottenstein Center for mass COVID-19 vaccination site
Site will initially serve only established patients in the state’s priority populations
Starting Jan. 19, the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center will utilize the Jerome Schottenstein Center at The Ohio State University as a mass COVID-19 vaccination site for its patients and, later, the general public. The medical center estimates that it can provide over 3,000 vaccines per day through this site.
Consistent with Gov. Mike DeWine’s announcement about Ohio’s approach to Group 1B priority populations, the medical center will start vaccinating its patients over age 80 at this site. In addition to patients over age 80, other 1B populations will be vaccinated in the future.
“Ample parking and a large concourse space at a landmark building already known by much of the general public will allow the Wexner Medical Center to serve patients in a convenient and efficient manner with a safe distancing in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission,” said Ryan Haley, senior director of ambulatory operations. “Our partnership with the Athletic Department and with the university has been outstanding. The Schottenstein Center site will offer us the opportunity to provide vaccines on a far greater scale than we would be able to in a traditional health care setting.”
At this time, COVID-19 vaccination will be only for established Ohio State Wexner Medical Center patients who have seen a provider in the past two years who also meet the 1B criteria as defined by the state of Ohio. Appointments for vaccination will be required for all patients and health care personnel. More information on how to schedule a vaccine appointment will be provided to patients during the week of Jan. 11.
The medical center also plans to provide COVID-19 vaccinations for patients at an existing vaccine location within OSU East Hospital beginning in February.